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Typological Change in Chinese Syntax$
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Dan Xu

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297566.001.0001

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Negation in Old Chinese

Negation in Old Chinese

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Typological Change in Chinese Syntax


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This chapter compares transmitted versions with unearthed texts to understand better the differences between the negation particles in Old Chinese (OC). It bases its work on one hypothesis: if negative particles in OC were sharply trimmed down and the system was simplified, the Chinese language had to go through a typological change, even though the slight differences between such a large choice of negative particles in OC has not been understood yet. Negative particles in OC demonstrate morphological hints, since OC was not an analytic language as has long been believed.

Keywords:   negation, negative particles, typology, Old Chinese, Han period, unearthed texts, morphology

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